Friday, May 14, 2010

Put your best hoof forward, boys!

I got to spend a lovely Thursday afternoon sitting in the sheep pasture with fellow Shetland addicts owners and friends schmoozing with sheep. I met Duane and Jeannie at Black Sheep Gathering last year, and they started their current fiber flock of six with Beau and Boo, Brava's 2009 twins. They came out yesterday to visit, and consider the newest possible addition(s) to their flock.

A call of "Lambie-lambie, ewe-ewe!" brought everyone on the run:Notice who's first in line? It was a little hard to get to know the lambies because Mr. Browning thought he should be everybody's lap sheep!


But eventually Jeannie got to meet all the little boys, including the next member of their flock, Banjo:
Earlier in the day Bodhran found himself outside the pasture/property fence and by the time Brian and I rescued him, he was pretty stressed. I'm assuming that is why he was a little stand-offish yesterday afternoon; this morning he was back to his usually friendly self.

Duane was taken with Blake, so if he doesn't turn out to be flock sire material, Blake may join his half-brother at Santiam Shetland Sheep. But Jeannie also wants to see what Katie has; if a little ewe lamb is available, she has first dibs!
Oh, and look at what Beau and Boo gave me for Mother's Day! (Thanks, Jeannie! ;-)

That's it for now from . . .

10 comments:

Kathy said...

One of our two boys looks to be a poll carrier. He has itty-bitty flat horns that are loose. One good bump and I'm sure they'll come off. Need a ram whose daddy was an F1? ;)

It's so nice to be able to have a long chat with the people receiving your sheep, Michelle. I know you'll ahte to lose them, but it makes it easier when you know they are going to a good home.

Juliann said...

Darn that Blake is a nice ram lamb! You got it goin' on, sister!

Mom L said...

What a lovely way to spend time visiting - with friends and sheep!

Nancy in Iowa

Christine said...

I knew that Banjo was a catch.

sheepsclothing said...

Great picture of Banjo. Such a cute face-

Sharon said...

Your sheep are so lucky to have all that grass. What a romp form all of you!

Leigh said...

"Lambie-lambie, ewe-ewe!" OK! I've been wondering how to call in my goats. The only thing I've heard so far is "billybillybilly" but somehow that doesn't seem right for does. Maybe "nannynannynanny"? *LOL

Michelle said...

Leigh, how about "Goa-TEEE!" with the last syllable much high and drawn out? You want something that carries well, and has a distinctive sound, so they can both hear it and recognize it instantly. When I was a kid our cattle call was "Sue-EEE," called out in the same way.

Leigh said...

Michelle, that's better than anything I've come up with so far. The main thing is, what will the neighbors think when they hear me *LOL

Benita said...

I think Shetlands are the sweetest sheep I have ever met. One day...